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April 21, 2014

Message from the Department Head

As we enter the remaining three weeks of classes for Spring semester, I encourage you to finish strong! Often, this is the time when much of what you have been working towards comes together in a comprehensive way, and your graphic and verbal presentation becomes critical in communicating both the project parameters as well as your investigation and ultimate solution to the "problem." 

In addition, many of our students are finalizing employment positions (both summer internships and post-graduation) and it is an exciting (and stressful) time.

Your healthy habits will serve you well during this final stretch (and it is never too late to develop these habits); eat healthy food, maintain physical activity, and sleep each night. To alleviate additional stress, remember to back up your files frequently to an external drive of some sort - this is not the time to lose files, but it is the time when computer glitches occur! 

News and Events

Associate Professor Ryadi Adityavarman learned this week that an abstract titled Validity and Authority of Tradition in the Search for Indonesian Architectural Identity submitted for the Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE) “Whose Tradition?” has been accepted. Please join me in congratulating Ryadi.

Kathy Ankerson will be participating in the IFI Design Symposium Design + Economy = Our Future: Design as a Driver for Growth this week in New York. IFI is the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers. Following her return, Ankerson will present "Design + Make: Process and Product Intertwined" about the intersection between creativity, design and collaboration in generating competitive advantage during the Innovation Summit at Independence Community College on Friday, April 25.


NSID Button Design Contest

What makes a button or switch unique? Do you have an idea of how to make the current buttons in your life better? Enter your ideas into the NSID Button Design Contest. The best button has the opportunity for production and the winner has the option to intern at NSID! Check out the information here!


Undergraduate Research Award

The K-State Libraries’ Kirmser Undergraduate Research Award is accepting applications for their award categories. To be eligible, you need to be an undergraduate who conducted library research for a K-State course project completed between July 1, 2013 and April 25, 2014. For more information, click here!

Study Abroad

Students studying in Orvieto were given an interesting project which will be on display at the Jazz Art Gallery in Orvieto on April 23rd. Students were given the challenge to design a new gallery in Rome to be dedicated to the artwork of the four important Italian artists – Bernini, Michelangelo, Raphael and Borromini. They were challenged to design this in one of five spots in Rome – St. Peter’s Square, Castel St. Angelo, Piazza del Popolo, Piazza Navona and Piazza Barberini. Thinking about issues such as accessibility, safety and security of the art work and the four natural elements (earth, air, fire and water), 13 teams of students not only learned the challenges architects have in the city of Rome but also learned the historic importance of each site, the surrounding buildings, the four artists’ contribution to the world of art and how to maintain various site’s integrity.


April 22 – All Faculty/Staff Meeting – 106C Seaton Hall - 12:30-1:30
May 2 -APDesign Ice Cream Social - Pierce Commons - 3:30-5pm
May 7  - ENVD Review - 202F - 8am-12pm
May 8 - 5th year Final Review - Seaton 104 - 9:30am - 7pm
May 9 - ENVD Review - 202F - 8am-12pm
May 9 - 5th year Final Review - Seaton 104 - 8am-5:30pm
May 12 - 5th year Reception/Celebration at KCDC, 3:30-6:30
May 13 – 5th Year Cookout – Tuttle Creek State Park Shelter #4 – 4pm-8pm
May 17 – APDesign Commencement